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[grey-zher] /ˈgreɪ ʒər/
noun, Chiefly British.
a person who grazes cattle for the market.
Origin of grazier
1225-75; Middle English grasier. See graze1, -ier1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As a profitable beast to the grazier, and the feeder, nothing can equal them in early maturity and excellence.

    Rural Architecture Lewis Falley Allen
  • A very small stock for a vee-boor, or South African grazier.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Her father was a grazier, her grandfather had been a butcher, but that was all nothing.

    Persuasion Jane Austen
  • Here the grazier takes them over and drives them out to pasture.

  • When a cow or buffalo is in milk the grazier often gets the milk one day out of four or five.

  • But it was not true: Forster's father was a large "grazier" or dealer in cattle.

    John Forster Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald
  • Then a man walked up the road—a man dressed like a farmer or grazier, rotund, strongly-built, cheerful-looking.

  • He was industrious in all, and at last became a grazier (mercante di manzi).

    Legends of Florence Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Mr Reid, Greystone, has attained the highest position as a feeder and grazier amongst British agriculturists.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • Eating grasshoppers and other insects in great numbers, they are friends of the farmer and grazier.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
British Dictionary definitions for grazier


a rancher or farmer who rears or fattens cattle or sheep on grazing land
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grazier

late 13c. as a surname, agent noun from graze (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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